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The Power of Touring on a Bicycle

Whilst Ernest Hemingway is talking of bicycling these words are very much as relevance to hiking.  Having recently completed a tour from Esperance to Perth and then a week or so later driving some of the same route, I can really relate to these words.  The experience on the bicycle is so different and so much more real and so much more vivid. I saw, I smelt and I learnt more on the bike than I ever do in the car.  My appreciation of the environment as experienced is so much greater now.

Ernest Hemigway and Cycling

My thanks to the Adelaide Cyclist for discovering this thought provoking imagery.

2 Responses to The Power of Touring on a Bicycle

  1. ksteinhoff May 9, 2010 at 10:02 PM #

    I am in full agreement with that statement. I’m just finishing a book by a guy who toured on a motorcycle. There are a lot of parallels between motorized and human-powered cycling, but the viewpoints of the travel process are a lot different.

    Lots of descriptions of bug strikes, high-speed wobbles, looking at 18-wheeler lug nuts shoulder-high while you’re doing 130kph, but nothing about struggling up a steep grade in granny gear while mosquitoes are sucking you dry.

    I’ll stick with the latter, thank you very much.

    I cogitated about the difference between bike time and Space Shuttle time one night while watching a launch from our front lawn.

    http://www.palmbeachbiketours.com/bike-time-and-space-shuttle-time/

  2. ksteinhoff May 10, 2010 at 6:02 AM #

    I am in full agreement with that statement. I’m just finishing a book by a guy who toured on a motorcycle. There are a lot of parallels between motorized and human-powered cycling, but the viewpoints of the travel process are a lot different.

    Lots of descriptions of bug strikes, high-speed wobbles, looking at 18-wheeler lug nuts shoulder-high while you’re doing 130kph, but nothing about struggling up a steep grade in granny gear while mosquitoes are sucking you dry.

    I’ll stick with the latter, thank you very much.

    I cogitated about the difference between bike time and Space Shuttle time one night while watching a launch from our front lawn.

    http://www.palmbeachbiketours.com/bike-time-and-space-shuttle-time/

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